Just before this session of the General Assembly began, the Senate Republican caucus met in Macon and effectively neutered the Lieutenant Governor with a “power sharing” arrangement that didn’t really share much power with him. The descriptive term accepted around the Capitol was that Cagle had been “neutered”.
The Republican caucus has just met during a legislative day in a “contentious” meeting to debate whether the procedure needs to be reversed.
The infighting among top Senators has been barely hidden from public view, when hidden at all. In the last few weeks, a few of the matches have spilled into the open. Freshmen and Senators with lower seniority have begun to discuss forming their own caucus within the caucus, and given their numbers, could actually lead the Senate if they were able to execute such a plan.
Today’s vote, however, was orchistrated by the Lieutenant Governor and at least one member of the Committee On Assignments that was not one of his two appointees. Much to the chagrin of some caucus members, it appears that Democratic support was sought as a basis for the rule change prior to most caucus members being informed of the potential reverse coup.
I’m told that right now the votes don’t appear to be there for the Lt. Gov, but that the situation remains “very fluid”. A lot can happen between today’s meeting and tomorrow’s vote, and it probably will.
….AND as I type, the House has just changed their adjournment resolution, where they will not meet tomorrow but instead meet again Monday. Not sure if that buys time for the Senate or not, but the thought of this being what is occupying Senate attention on day 38 will probably be used against the leaders of the coup for some time to come. Thus, there’s the possiblity of calling for a vote as early as this afternoon, to finish this once and for all. Until it comes up again.